Manchester United winger Memphis Depay admits he is still struggling to adapt to the physical demands of playing in the Premier League. Depay, 21, became United's first signing of the summer transfer window following a sparkling final season in Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven.
But while showed earlier flashes of brilliance at United, particularly in the club's Champions League showings, he has so far been unable to match that with any strand of consistency.
With United back in the Champions League after an absence last season, manager Louis van Gaal and midfielder Juan Mata have both spoken of tiredness creeping into the squad, even at this early stage of the campaign. Depay has started in all but one of the club's 13 games this season and the Netherlands international admits he is still getting used to the club's unrelenting schedule.
"There are a lot of games in Manchester. There are very few rest days and on training days you are mainly concerned with recovering," Depay told Dutch daily De Telegraaf.
Depay marked his Champions League debut with a superb brace against Belgian side Club Brugge in the play-off stage of the competition, following it up with another impressive finish against former club PSV in the group stage.
In league games, however, he has struggled to impose himself, but he believes he is on the right path to becoming an integral member of United's attack. "I try to manage my career in steps, and I am still in the middle. I think [leaving PSV] was the right step and I am happy in Manchester. I am still developing."
Depay is currently away with the Netherlands national squad, with Danny Blind's team on the brink of missing out on the 2016 European Championships. They face Kazakhstan and Czech Republic in their final two group games and have already missed out on automatic qualification, with a third-place play-off finish also unlikely.